David R. Ellis, 'Snakes on a Plane' director, dies

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David R. Ellis. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer

"Snakes on a Plane" director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old. Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday but declined to provide details.

The Hollywood Reporter says Ellis' body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was working on "Kite," a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred "Snakes on a Plane" actor Samuel L. Jackson.

No cause of death has been released.

Ellis' directing credits included "Shark Night 3D," ''The Final Destination," ''Cellular" and "Final Destination 2." He also worked on such films as "Misery," ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Waterworld."

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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